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Nelson, Cobb production worth the expense

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Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combined for 66 percent of the Packers' touchdowns last season. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combined for 66 percent of the Packers' touchdowns last season.
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Aaron Rodgers threw 38 touchdown passes last season. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb caught 25 of them. The Packers top-flight, top two receivers, now both paid among the top 10 pass-catchers in the entire league. Green Bay has the highest-paid quarterback, and is now the only team paying for two top-10 receivers.

Cobb signed a four-year, $40 million contract during the offseason. Nelson signed a four-year, $39 million contract in 2014 before training camp.

But the production justifies the expense. The duo combined to produced 66 percent of the Packers' touchdown catches last season, 63 percent of the team's receiving yards, and 54 percent of the team's total catches.

They are far from identical, but make it impossible for teams to double one without getting torched by the other.

"Definitely, I think the relationship that Randall and Jordy have, both personal and professional, on the field and off the field, is part of their success," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "They complement each other."

Rodgers described them both as selfless.

"They block for each other and that's what it takes to be a successful player in this league," he said.

"There's always a competition, but I mean I don't think we are ever counting numbers of catches and yards or anything," Nelson said, "but we are always going to compete and always pick each others' brains. We are two completely different receivers, but we will both play inside and both play outside, and you can still try to steal things from each other but I think we have a great relationship and a great friendship."

The Packers begin training camp the final week of July.

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